Safe Harbor
30 x 40 in.
Oil on linen
Available Meyer Vogl Gallery, Charleston, SC

Lori Putnam (b. 1962) began painting professionally in her mid-30s. The feel of the paint immediately ignited her love affair with the medium and she knew there was no turning back. No stranger to hard work and dedication, she quickly gained recognition as one of the top, living American Impressionists. When viewed in a photograph, her work may appear tightly rendered. But upon seeing it in person, viewers are instantly engaged by thick, expressive paint. About her own work she says, “What interests me is rarely any specific subject. Like a magnet, I am immediately attracted to nature’s harmonies, rhythms, and patterns. My work invites viewers to explore and follow clues as if to a mystery. They become artists themselves for a brief moment, but will continue to see the world differently from that moment on. This is my passion, my drive, and my reward for the work.”

Putnam has been featured in numerous issues of Western Art CollectorAmerican Art Collector Magazine, PleinAir Magazine, Southwest Art, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, and Art of the West. She is a member of many respected organizations including the Salmagundi Club in New York City, the Oil Painters of America, the Portrait Society of America, the American Impressionist Society, and the California Art Club. In 2019 she accepted an appointment as Vice President of Art Ambassador for a Colorful World, and travels to work with children in less privileged areas of the world.

Museums, including The Tucson Museum of Art, The Brinton Museum in Big Horn, Wyoming, The Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell, Montana, The High Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, the Irvine Museum in California, and The Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland have sought out Putnam’s works for awards, exhibitions, and permanent collection.

She maintains a studio in Charlotte, Tennessee.